Graphic Modernisms (MSA 11 Nov. 5-8, Montreal)

full name / name of organization: 
Ariela Freedman, Concordia University

This is a call for papers for a proposed panel at MSA 11.

Graphic Modernisms

In a special 2006 issue of Modern Fiction Studies Hilary Chute and Marianne DeKoven write, "We are only beginning to learn to pay attention in a sophisticated way to graphic narrative." What do modernists and the study of modernism have to contribute to the developing field of graphic narrative? Possible topics include modernist precursors to graphic narrative (particularly comics and illustrations in little magazines), the influence of early comics on modernist artists, early examples of "text as image" in modernist experimentation with form and typography, aesthetic overlap between the critical language of modernism and the language of graphic narrative (fragmentation, collage, displacement etc.), and the representation and intertextual play with modernism in the work of contemporary graphic narrative (Crumb, Mairowitz, Bechdel, Spiegelman).

Abstracts of no more than 500 words accompanied by a brief CV should be sent by May 8 to Ariela Freedman, Concordia University, Inclusion in the MSA 11 program is contingent upon the acceptance of the panel by MSA reviewers.

Conference Location: Montreal, Canada.
Conference Starts: November 5, 2009.
Conference Ends: November 8, 2009.